J. D. Greear Urges SBC Pastors Not to Call Vice President Kamala Harris ‘Jezebel’ Because of ‘Racial Stereotypes’ Associated With the Term, Encourages Them to ‘Honor and Pray’ for Her as an Elected Official

Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear is urging pastors in the denomination to refrain from calling Vice President Kamala Harris “Jezebel” due to the racist connotations of the moniker. He is calling on them to honor and pray for her as an elected leader instead.

Greear’s guidance comes in the wake of SBC’s pastors, including SBC Executive Committee member Steve Swofford, referring to the vice president by the term.

“I realize that some pastors are likely unaware of the history of certain racial stereotypes in calling or comparing our Vice President to Jezebel, but that doesn’t make such statements any less unwise,” Greear, who pastors the multi-campus Summit Church in North Carolina, wrote in a Twitter thread Tuesday.

“There are times we will critique policies, but that should not include personal attacks on a newly elected official God has told us to honor and pray for. Let us speak clearly and boldly for righteousness, but in a way that honors what the Scriptures say about honoring our leaders. We don’t correct one sin through another.”

Swofford,  who pastors First Baptist Church of Rockwall, Texas, called President Joe Biden “cognitively dysfunctional” in a recent message stating: “What if something happens to him? Jezebel has to take over — Jezebel Harris; isn’t that her name?”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair

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